Application Deadline: January 27 2014
The Obama Administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.
The program will bring 500 young leaders from Africa (50 from Nigeria) to the United States next June for six weeks of executive training in one of three areas—civil society development, public administration/management, or entrepreneurship.
The training will be followed by a summit meeting with President Obama and then internships in the United States and Africa for YALI fellows, which would last six to eight weeks.
The application process, from December 5, 2013-January 27, 2014, is self-nominating : throughout Africa, individuals who meet the following criteria are able to access a website (accessible through youngafricanleaders.state.gov) to fill out an application:
- Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 35
- Applicants must be citizens of Nigeria(no dual nationals) or other following African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
- Applicant must have demonstrated achievement in one of the three executive training areas—civil society development, public administration/management, or entrepreneurship.
- Applicants may have studied previously in the United States.
APPLICATION PROCESS TIMELINE
In Africa, U.S. embassies’ Public Affairs Sections and USAID missions will play a role in administration of YALI recruitment and subsequent program internship programs. In Washington, the program is being administered overall by the State Department and USAID.
- January 27, 2014 Application deadline
- February-March 2014 Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
- April 2014 Applicants are notified of their status
- May 2014 Visa processing for finalists
- Mid-June 2014 Fellowship starts in the United States
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the Young African Leaders Programme